Code-switching in Japanese EFL praxis: How translanguaging can benefit Japanese learners

This presentation will outline the use of code-switching through the incorporation of translanguaging techniques in the Japanese EFL classroom. In Confucian classrooms, such as Japan, there has been a hindrance to the implementation of Communicative Language Teaching approaches at both the high school and university level.
Yet, ministry guidelines are now emphasizing the incorporation of more communicatively focused tasks as a
means to prepare Japan for a more globalized future. Factors such as social constructivism, classroom culture, and teachers’ low level communicative abilities have been identified as reasons for why the implementation of CLT focused tasks has been stalled. Through a project that incorporated translanguaging approaches in the Japanese EFL university classroom, results showed that student’s communicative competence, motivation and willingness to participate in group activities increased. This presentation will outline the social cultural constructs that influence Japanese classroom praxis and outline the research project that compared 4 university classes (2 classes that used translanguaging approaches and 2 classrooms that used standard approaches) to show that allowing-code switching and incorporating translanguaging approaches allowed for improvement in all areas of assessment and classroom tasks.

Referent/in - Presenter/s

Kevin Bartlett (Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan)

Zeit / Time

  • Freitag / Friday, 01.03.2019
  • 10:30 - 11:00 & 16:00 - 16:30 (presenter available for questions)
  • the poster itself is accessible throughout the conference

Raum / Room

Bereich Kaffeestände

coffee break area

Sprache / Language

Englisch / English